Parent Rights Under NCLB

*Rhode Island has a new waiver. All NCLB requirements may not be applicable going forward from July 2012.

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – the principal federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. As part of this law, parents have clearly defined rights and choices regarding their children’s education. Specifically, NCLB includes provisions that parents be notified by the Providence School Department of the following:

Right to request teacher qualifications
Parents of students in Title I schools (schools that receive federal assistance due to their high poverty level) have a “right to know” about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. Parents have the right to know the following:

  • Whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject matters in which the teacher provides instruction;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • The college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher;
  • The field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals (teacher aides), and if so, their qualifications.

If any parent is interested in obtaining any of the above information, he/she should submit the request in writing to:
Providence Public School District, Attn: Human Resources – Teacher Qualifications, 797 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Right to be informed when their child is taught by a teacher who is not “highly qualified” for four or more consecutive weeks.
There should be a well-prepared teacher in every classroom. A prepared teacher knows what to teach, how to teach and has command of the subject matter being taught. The definition of “highly qualified” is determined by the Rhode Island Department of Education. For more information call (401) 456-0686.

Right to transfer their child from a “persistently dangerous school” or if their child is the victim of a violent criminal offense while in or on the grounds of his or her school.
Parents of children in schools defined as “persistently dangerous,” according to criteria established by RIDE, will have the option to transfer their child out of the school; however, transportation is not provided. The same option is provided to parents of a child who is the victim of a violent criminal offense while in or on the grounds of his or her school. For more information call 456-0686.

Right to be part of the development of and/or review the Providence School Department parent involvement policy.
Parents have a right to know about and be involved in the development of the School Department parent involvement policy, which sets forth the district’s framework for parent engagement. For more information call 456-0686.

Right to be notified about the performance of their child’s school on the annual state assessment.
Parents are entitled to annual updates about the performance of their child’s school on the state assessment, including information about the school’s overall strengths and weaknesses. This notification will be provided annually in writing. In addition to information about the overall school performance, parents will receive detailed information about their individual child’s assessment results.

Right to receive a description of the English Language Learners (ELL) program and their options for their child.
Parents of students who are currently participating in ELL programs, as well as parents whose children who have been newly identified for participation in ELL programs, are entitled to a description of the program and their rights under the law. For more information, please call 456-0686.